YALI Southern Africa Regional Leadership Program for Africans

YALI Southern Africa Regional Leadership Program for Africans

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

Who Should Apply?

The program is open to young African leaders aged 18 - 35 years old depending on their level of experience and track record in their chosen sector.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Age (18-35)

  • English language proficiency

  • Portuguese speaking participants will be accommodated in the Mozambique Hub at UEM

  • A commitment to positively impact Africa, their own countries as well as communities

  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and interest in Public Management, Entrepreneurship Development and Civic Leadership

  • Commitment to serve the development agenda of the African continent

  • Young leaders from the following countries are eligible to participate in the programme: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Kingdom of Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Selection for participation in the YALI RLC SA will be conducted by a selection panel which will use the following criteria to evaluate applications:


  • A proven record of leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.

  • They can be new entrants in public and private service institutions looking to develop their leadership abilities.

  • Proven record of knowledge, interest,
    and professional experience in the sector/track selected.

  • Proven record of active engagement in public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.

  • Selected participants applying for the contact session must be willing to travel to the RLC SA in Midrand, Johannesburg or Maputo for the duration of the program.

  • A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit your country and/or community after the program.


  • Good interpersonal and communications skills

  • Knowledge of youth leadership and development issues

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a small or large team setting

  • Proven computer skills

  • Cultural sensitivity

  • Positive attitude

  • Dedication, responsibility and reliability

    Intended Beneficiaries

  • Rural based and economically disadvantaged communities

  • Young leaders living with disabilities

  • Young leaders in lusophone countries

  • People who are HIV positive or who are living with AIDS

  • Organisations that represent and advocate for the rights of LGBTI communities across the region

    Application Deadline: 13th November 2022

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see: YALI Southern Africa Regional Leadership Program for Africans

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